Around the World, October 2017
Nazibbula — In a rural village of this southern African nation, medical missionaries walk from a caravan of buses to serve patients during an annual Zambia Medical Mission trip. The team of 80 American physicians, medical personnel and volunteers join about 150 Zambian Christians as part of the mission, which involves long journeys over rugged bush roads to reach villages in need of medical services.
Workers with Zambia Mission, a nonprofit associated with Churches of Christ, set up tent cities in the villages the medical brigades visit, including Chuundwe (in the photo below.) The Christians treat as many as 2,000 patients at the mobile medical clinics.
MELBOURNE — The Klesis Bible program, a ministry of Churches of Christ, recently hosted a weeklong study program on hermeneutics, or advanced Bible study methods. The program, launched in 2014, caters to Christians who want to engage in intensive ministry training with minimal disruption to their work schedules.
“In the beginning, I was overwhelmed by different terminologies and the subject itself,” said Kenneth Gong, a member of the Seremban Church of Christ in Malaysia. “But it’s better to learn from Christian teachers like Dr. Tim Westbrook from Harding University, who taught the module, rather than from other sources who may mislead or cast doubt on the inspired Word of God.”
New wheels for a new India
ELURU, India — India’s rapidly modernizing roads present challenges for evangelists who rely on bicycles to reach ministry appointments, said Bill Adcox of India Mission Fund, a ministry of Churches of Christ.
Small, single-lane paths are now interstate highways, often clogged with cars, Adcox wrote in Gospel Tidings, a church publication. As a result, journeys across town that once took minutes now take hours.
Evangelists now request scooters for their work. The India Mission Fund recently supplied an evangelist named Joshua with a scooter for his ministry during a gospel meeting in Eluru.
“Joshua was very surprised and happy to receive his new wheels,” Adcox wrote.
PAULINIA — Mike and Vicki Ross assist in an evangelistic ministry designed to reach souls across Brazil and the Portuguese-speaking world.
The Rosses, missionaries in Paulinia, about 75 miles north of São Paulo, serve as internet support for Escola Biblica Mundial, or EBM, World Bible School’s Portuguese correspondence ministry.
John Reese, the Texas-based ministry’s president, spoke to more than 500 leaders and members of Churches of Christ in Brazil earlier this year about opportunities provided by EBM to reach the South American nation’s 207 million souls.
CORINTH — It was their “first time to visit paradise,” said refugees from the Middle East who participated in the 14th annual church retreat in this ancient biblical city, sponsored by the Omonia Church of Christ in Greece.
The refugees, served by the Omonia church, were among 100-plus participants. Jim Holway, a minister for the Sunset Church of Christ in Miami, was the guest speaker.
Santa Rosa de Copán — Two Churches of Christ, one in Georgia and one in Texas, partnered to serve the underserved in this Central American nation. A team from the Burnt Hickory church in Marietta, Ga., and the Legacy church in North Richland Hills, Texas, served 982 Hondurans with medical attention, medication and eyeglasses. Mission Upreach, a church-supported nonrprofit, coordinated the work. Church members also served on construction teams to help the ministry construct cabins to house future mission groups.